Friday, April 15, 2011

British Papers Still Waiting to be Read

Where are the papers supposedly dumped in Haifa harbor in 1948 by the leaving British?

If these were found, maybe the Palestine Mandate documents will be, too, evenbtually?

The story behind this:

The first series of documents have been released by the High Court in the legal challenge by Kenyans for abuses and torture more than 50 years ago. The documents give further details of what ministers in London knew about how the colony was attempting to crush the rebellion that paved the way to independence.

The papers - the first of more than 17,000 pages - contain reports of British officers implicated in atrocities including the murder of suspected Mau Mau rebels.  One document sent to a cabinet minister says an officer was involved in burning alive a suspect held at a detention and interrogation camp.  Others detail the shock of a senior police commander sent from London to investigate.

Many of the documents released by the High Court on Monday evening were only recently found at the Foreign Office's own archives after years of investigations by academics. The papers were brought to the UK when Kenya became independent - but unlike other papers, they were never made public in the National Archives. Until weeks ago, they were in boxes at the Hanslope Park archives near Milton Keynes.

The four Kenyans who are suing the UK say the documents form a paper trail proving that London knew about and approved torture and abuse in Kenya. The government denies the claim, saying London cannot be held responsible for the actions of a former colonial administration.

The documents, many of which have yet to be reviewed, cover the eight years of the May Mau uprising and emergency and the response in Kenya and London.

Were British acts in the Palestine Mandate worse that the papers haven't been located?


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